Updated: Mar 4, 2019
Lower back pain. This video is on lower back pain exercises to give relief and get rid of back pain on right side, left side.
Over 80% of the population will suffer from lower back pain during their lives. In this weeks video we're going to look at some simple back exercises and stretches you can do at home to help ease lower back pain and improve your strength and flexibility.
A special thank you to Mo (Personal Trainer) for being so helpful with this weeks video and demonstrating the exercises. Feel free to show Mo some love on instagram @MoRavaei - https://www.instagram.com/moravaei
ABOUT LOWER BACK PAIN:
Back pain is very common and normally improves within a few weeks or months.
Pain in the lower back (lumbago) is particularly common, although it can be felt anywhere along the spine – from the neck down to the hips.
In most cases the pain isn't caused by anything serious and will usually get better over time.
There are things you can do to help relieve it. But sometimes the pain can last a long time or keep coming back.
HOW TO RELIEVE LOWER BACK PAIN:
The following tips may help reduce your backache and speed up your recovery:
• Stay as active as possible and try to continue your daily activities – this is one of the most important things you can do, as resting for long periods is likely to make the pain worse.
• Try exercises and stretches for back pain; other activities such as walking, swimming, yoga and pilates may also be helpful.
• Take anti-inflammatory painkillers, such as ibuprofen – remember to check the medicine is safe for you to take first and ask a pharmacist if you're not sure.
• Use hot or cold compression packs for short-term relief – you can buy these from your local pharmacy, or a hot water bottle and a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a cloth will work just as well
Although it can be difficult, it helps if you stay optimistic and recognise that your pain should get better, as people who manage to stay positive despite their pain tend to recover quicker.
WHEN TO GET ADVICE:
Back pain usually gets better on its own within a few weeks or months and you may not need to see a doctor or other healthcare professional.
But it's a good idea to get help if:
• The pain doesn't start to improve within a few weeks
• The pain stops you doing your day-to-day activities
• The pain is very severe or gets worse over time
• You're worried about the pain or are struggling to cope
You can see your GP, who will ask about your symptoms, examine your back, and discuss possible treatments.
Alternatively, you may want to consider approaching a physiotherapist directly. Some NHS physiotherapists accept appointments without a doctor's referral, or you could choose to pay for private treatment.
WHEN TO GET IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ADVICE:
You should contact your GP or NHS 111 immediately if you have back pain and:
• Numbness or tingling around your genitals or buttocks
• Difficulty peeing
• Loss of bladder or bowel control
• Chest pain
• A high temperature (fever) of 38C (100.4F) or above
unexplained weight loss
• A swelling or a deformity in your back
• It doesn't improve after resting or is worse at night
• It started after a serious accident, such as after a car accident
These problems (red flags) could be a sign of something more serious and need to be checked urgently.
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This video is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Abraham The Pharmacist has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but make no warranty as to its accuracy. Always consult a doctor or other healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.
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